Montreal Alouettes vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/3/18
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2-4) vs. Montreal Alouettes (1-5)
CFL Football: Friday, August 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Molson Stadium)
The Line: Montreal Alouettes +6 -- Over/Under: 50 See the Latest Odds
TV: TSN, RDS, ESPN2
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Montreal Alouettes meet Friday in CFL action at Molson Stadium.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats could use a victory here to snap a three-game losing streak and rebound from a rough 2-4 record. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have lost two of their last three road games. Jeremiah Masoli is completing 67 percent of his passes for 1,914 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions. Masoli has 20 touchdown passes dating back to last season. Jalen Saunders and Brandon Banks have combined for 1,034 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Luke Tasker has 20 receptions. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats ground game is averaging 94.8 yards per contest, and Mercer Timmis leads the way with 175 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Hamilton is allowing 22.7 points and 348.2 yards per game. Simoni Lawrence leads the Hamilton Tiger-Cats with 33 tackles, Ted Laurent has two sacks and Cariel Brooks has one interception.
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The Montreal Alouettes look for their first home win of the season to rebound from a brutal 1-5 record. The Montreal Alouettes haven’t won a home game since August 11 of last year. Drew Willy is completing 65.8 percent of his passes for 566 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Willy and Jeff Mathews have combined for four touchdown passes and two interceptions this season. Chris Williams and B.J. Cunningham have combined for 566 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Tyrell Sutton has 25 receptions. The Montreal Alouettes ground game is averaging 68.8 yards per contest, and Sutton leads the way with 262 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Montreal is allowing 32 points and 420.3 yards per game. Chris Ackie leads the Montreal Alouettes with 37 tackles, Jesse Joseph has one sack and Branden Dozier has one interception.
The Tiger-Cats are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 Friday games, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games and 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Alouettes are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Friday games, 6-20 ATS in their last 26 home games and 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Tiger-Cats are 17-8 ATS in their last 25 meetings in Montreal and the under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
Good luck being on the right side of this contest, as you're looking at two of the worst teams in the league and two clubs that make betting the CFL so frustrating. Hamilton is the better team overall and has been solid at covering numbers on the road. However, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have also failed to cover 11 of their last 14 games as a favorite and are a team that can't score touchdowns. If the Montreal Alouettes are ever going to win a home game any time soon, it's probably going to be this one, and one would think Johnny Manziel should take the field at some point to light a spark under this team. The best bet is to stay away, but if forced to pick, I want the points, as I'm not laying chalk with either of these two teams.